“Concision is not a definitive virtue.”

Concision alone cannot produce a whole lot of desirable person, It must be pegged to other virtues.

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Our Daily Prompt yesterday used a quote by French philosopher Blaise Pascal, one in which he pointed out (only half-jokingly) how much hard work is required to stay concise.

Writers are always encouraged to say what they want to say with as few words as possible. So it might be counterintuitive — and refreshing — to hear Portuguese novelist and Nobel laureate José Saramago advocate for the occasional fit of verbosity, via the narrator of his novel, The Stone Raft:

Jose Saramago. nbsp; Image by Elisa Cabot (CC BY-SA 2.0) José Saramago. Image by Elisa Cabot (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We have deemed all these words necessary in order to explain that we have been traveling more slowly than was predicted, concision is not a definitive virtue, on occasion one loses out by talking too much, it is true, but how much has also been gained by saying more than was strictly necessary.

Jose Saramago, The Stone Raft

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Philosophy: It’s benefits for the Christian and how it is communicated.


Many Christians are unsure of what to think of philosophy.  Some believe that it is a volatile mixture of mysticism, humanist psychology, and pagan religion, while yet others believe it to be a discipline that is exclusively practiced by the intellectually elite.  None of these ideas are true, however, and the people who hold them would be surprised to know that they practice philosophy, in some sense, every day.     
       For example, when two men are talking about the moral implications of our nation going to war they are, in fact, philosophizing.  When woman dialogues with another concerning the issue of abortion, and seeks to demonstrate that an unborn child has the same right to life as any other individual, then philosophy is being utilized.  In fact, many of the topics that we ponder and discuss every day fall into the realm of philosophy.

 What is Philosophy?
      Giving a clear, concise definition…

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